Travel from Plovdiv to Istanbul

Bus or train from Plovdiv to Istanbul?

Metro Plus operates a bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul 4 times a day. Tickets cost $27 - $50 and the journey takes 6 h 45 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Plovdiv to Istanbul via Svilengrad, Kapikule, and Halkali in around 8 h 40 min.

How to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul

ModeDurationPrice
From Plovdiv bus to Istanbul.6 h 45 min53
From Plovdiv bus to Otogar then Metro to Aksaray.8 h 28 min51
From Plovdiv train to Svilengrad, night train to Kapikule, train to Halkali, then taxi to Istanbul.8 h 40 min46
From Plovdiv night train to Çerkezköy, walk to Cerkezkoy, bus to Otogar, then Metro to Aksaray.9 h 7 min35
From Plovdiv drive to Istanbul.4 h 1 min104
From Plovdiv train to Iskarsko Shose, walk to Briksel Blvd., line 84 bus to Sofia airport, fly to Istanbul airport, then Metro to Istanbul.7 h 10 min188

How long does it take to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul?

The bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul takes 6 h 45 min including transfers and departs four times a day.

Is there a direct bus between Plovdiv and Istanbul?

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Plovdiv and arriving at Istanbul. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 45 min.

Operators from Plovdiv to Istanbul

OperatorPhoneWebsite
Metro PlusMetro Plus
Matpu02 952 50 04Matpu
Istanbul Ulasim+90 212 568 99 70Istanbul Ulasim
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)0700 10 200Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Turkish Railways (TCDD)+90 444 8 233Turkish Railways (TCDD)
MetroTurizmMetroTurizm
SUMC0700 13 233SUMC
Turkish AirlinesTurkish Airlines
Aegean AirlinesAegean Airlines
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    Plovdiv to Istanbul:

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      1 Bus Metro Plus
      • One-Way approx: USD $27 - $50
      • Duration: 6 h 45 min
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      2 Bus Matpu
      • One-Way approx: USD $23 - $32
      • Duration: 8 h 28 min
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        • Duration: 8 h 28 min
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      3 Train
      • One-Way approx: USD $25 - $30
      • Duration: 8 h 40 min
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        • Duration: 8 h 40 min
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      4 Night train, bus
      • One-Way approx: USD $20 - $24
      • Duration: 9 h 7 min
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      5 Drive
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      6 Train, fly
      • One-Way approx: USD $73 - $208
      • Duration: 7 h 10 min
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